Evening Edition - August 27

August 27, 2020 |

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CHANGING

Instapundit has a very interesting comment on the changes in the Republican Party that the convention is making clear – and for the first time for many Americans.

It notes that while rich white elitists are leaving, hard-working Americans of all backgrounds are joining, which is making the GOP more “populist,” but that can only be good for the Party and for America. While the Democrats and the media make snarky racist, sexist and xenophobic comments, suggesting that the minority, female and immigrant convention speakers are just “tokens” or sell-outs, they’re deliberately missing the real story: the GOP is evolving, and Trump is the one who’s forcing that change.

All those “lifelong Republican” Never-Trumpers who are endorsing Biden and his radical left agenda are largely longtime DC swamp dwellers who’ve made a fat living for decades by giving lip service to issues that Conservative Christians and blue collar Americans care about, but then delivering nothing but bigger government, endless foreign wars, and trade deals and lax immigration enforcement that enriched other nations and their wealthy donors while exporting American jobs and undermining wages.

One thing that these two conventions have shown is that these are not your granddad’s GOP or Democratic Party. The Democrats gave us professional politicians and Hollywood celebrities with a dark, pessimistic view of America. The Republicans are showing real heroes and success stories from the ranks of everyday Americans. The old media stereotypes of “rich white Republicans” and Democrats who “care about the working man” are headed to the ash heap of history, and Trump is emptying out the ashtray, with policies that might appall the rich donor set but are winning over blacks, Hispanics, immigrants and other patriotic working Americans.

Trump came into office owing nothing to the political/donor class, and despite their relentless attacks, he keeps doing whatever he thinks is right for America, whether it’s keeping our promise to move our Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem, bringing our troops home, defending religious freedom and pre-born children, or demanding that our allies pay their fair share of their own defense and that our trading partners give us better terms. The establishment political class may be aghast that he’s finally keeping their empty promises, but they made a hash of things for years. Trump’s getting things done that they claimed were impossible without a magic wand, and despite the blare of anti-Trump propaganda, more and more people are waking up to that reality.

I find this especially gratifying because this is the sermon I’ve been preaching for years, and I paid dearly for it. When I first ran for President in 2008, I warned the Party that just because Wall Street was doing fine, and their donors had big bonuses and corner offices, that didn’t mean that all was well in the economy (that was proven out within a year, with the mortgage meltdown.) I traveled what they call “flyover America,” talking to regular working people, and they were fed up with empty promises and selling America out to the highest bidder. When I said this, I was accused of being a “populist” (with the same disdain as they might say “socialist”), and the big money PACs like the Club For Greed (Club for Growth) set out to destroy my campaign with ridiculous lies about how I was secretly a lover of big government and high taxes. I think that’s been debunked as thoroughly as the claims in 2016 that Trump was a New York liberal who would destroy the economy and a fascist who would get us into World War III.

If the “P” in “GOP” starts to stand for “populist,” that’s fine with me. It refers to the population, or the people of America. We should be a party that, with malice toward none and charity for all, puts our own people’s interests first. I think Democrats are terrified that Trump is actually accomplishing that, which is why the media are so desperate to keep you from seeing the convention and why the Dems can’t let their opponents speak freely. People of all backgrounds are starting to look past the dusty false stereotypes that they’ve been fed for years and realize who is truly on their side and who’s been playing them.

If so, then Trump really will have saved the Republican Party, not just from the Democrats but from itself.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Photo of the Day: Summing up CNN in one jaw-dropping screen capture, as it pushes the “fiery but mostly peaceful protest” narrative.

NBA PROTEST

It appears as if the shortened NBA season might be aborted completely. Wednesday’s games were called off after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted the playoffs over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Now, the entire season may be scrapped after the L.A. Clippers and Lakers voted to boycott it. The meeting turned tense when LeBron James led a walk-out and later issued some unrepeatable tweets.

Side notes on the Blake shooting: Newly-released video shows that Blake scuffled with police officers while resisting arrest...

Police say Blake did have a knife on the floorboards of his car that he was reaching into when he was shot. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers didn’t wait for these facts to come out before pouring gas on the fire by accusing the police of racism…

And Blake’s mother no doubt stunned CNN’s Don Lemon by apologizing to President Trump for not being home when he called to offer condolences and saying she has “the utmost respect for you as the leader of our country.” She also condemned the Kenosha rioters, looters and arsonists, saying, “And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. … [T]o use my child … our tragedy, to react in that manner, is just not acceptable…It’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men and women who have suffered in these areas.”

Back to the NBA: the teams’ boycott sparked polarized reactions. Many black athletes and sportscasters supported it, saying that stopping police brutality is more important than basketball. But critics also blasted the teams and James in particular as ungrateful hypocrites for walking out on their fans and employers to protest police in America while saying nothing about the NBA’s ties with communist China and the reported slave labor that makes the merchandise that enriches them.

UFC Champion Colby Covington tweeted, “Oh wow, you postponed your games?! Wanna prove you’re really about change? Quit your multi-million dollar jobs and soft privileged lives playing a kid’s game, take a massive pay cut and perform the toughest job in America. Become cops!!!!”

At first reading, it does appear that the police could have handled this without deadly force, and that’s a tragic failure of training that must be addressed. However, it’s always much easier to know exactly what a cop should have done when you’re safe at home watching a video of it than when you’re actually there and have a split-second to access whether a suspect who’s already resisting arrest is going to turn around with a gun in his hand and kill you.

I also have a job – several in fact, that together don’t pay anywhere near what LeBron James makes. When I heard of this story, I was saddened and worried for the people of Kenosha. I said a prayer for Jacob Blake to recover, for justice to be served, and for Blake’s family, the police who would have to deal with the aftermath, and all the citizens of Kenosha. And then…I went to work. Because as a responsible adult, I know that there are many people who depend on me showing up and doing my job, so they can support their families, just like the vendors, ushers and other stadium workers depend on the NBA teams showing up. I’m sure many of them are black. Do their livelihoods not matter?

Athletes who were lucky enough to score NBA contracts should consider that between all the racial politics, badmouthing America and virus shutdowns, millions of former fans have already found better things to do with their time. Walk out now, and by the time you finally do decide that America has lived up to the high standards you don’t apply to communist China and deign to come back to work, you just might find that nobody cares anymore. Then you may have to take Colby Covington’s advice, take a massive pay cut and find another job where your boss will expect you to show up and keep your politics to yourself on company time.

FIND THE FLAW

This isn’t so much a news story as an IQ test. Read it and see if you can spot the flaw in this argument:

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told Fox News’ Bret Baier: “The simple reality is that we are seeing more and more chaos and violence under the Trump presidency, and there’s no reason to expect that it would get any different or any better if he were reelected.” While Trump has offered federal help to the riot-torn cities that have been controlled by Democrats for decades, and their Democrat mayors and Governors have rejected it, Buttigieg said, “The President’s strategy has obviously not helped because all of this chaos is happening on his watch.”

Did you spot the logical fallacy in his argument? If not, your I.Q. falls under the category of “House Plant.”

On that subject, I didn’t think it would be possible for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to get any funnier with her “fact-checking” of the Republican Convention than when she debuted by claiming Trump isn’t really a champion of religious freedom because of the “Muslim ban” hoax. But I underestimated how deranged things could get at MSNBC.

Maddow “refuted” Gov. Kristi Noem’s claim that violence and rioting is rampant in Democrat-run cities by bringing on…wait for it…Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan! Yes, the poster child for obliviousness to riots. She claimed Noem's comments were “really, really wrong,” and that is a false image created by Fox News and Trump, who " tried to make it sound like there were mobs rampant throughout Seattle. It's not the case."

Yeah, the violent mobs that she let riot and loot and threaten citizens were only in certain parts of Seattle. The rest is like the “Summer of Love,” am I right? It goes to prove that turning to Rachel Maddow for a “fact-check” is like trying to order barbecue in a sushi restaurant.

NYT REPORTER CHANGING HER STORY YEARS LATER

Yesterday, I linked to a story about CNN suddenly changing its chyron headline to remove the reference to violence in the Kenosha protests and whitewash the news before your eyes in real time. Now, here’s an example of the long game version, courtesy of the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman.

2016: “Donald Trump’s more accepting views on gays set him apart in GOP.”

2020 (Same paper and writer): “After three years of attacking LGBTQ rights, Trump suddenly tries outreach.”

To be fair, in 2016, she never imagined he’d actually win so it wasn’t worth the effort of painting him as a homophobe.

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  • Ruth Elma

    09/01/2020 01:35 PM

    These changes are a very good thing! We hope and pray that enough people will get on board to make it permanent!

  • Charles Martin

    08/30/2020 04:41 PM

    Mike, well stated as always

  • Dwain L. Ogden

    08/29/2020 05:21 PM

    Concerning the civil unrest. Important here is the public simply won't respect the police officers orders to raise your hands, drop that weapon, get out of the car...and on and on. They are truly the problem.

    Further, whatever happened to the law and order dictate that we shoot looters! They are the lowest form of criminal who under the idea of a peaceful event profit from crime and smile at the camera. There no justice for the public, insurance or not.

  • Gregory Weinman

    08/28/2020 09:23 PM

    Thank you Governor<
    It's interesting that a mayor would blame a president for riots in a city. Mayors have police and Governors have the guard. The president can do nothing unless asked. Of course, you know this well.
    Rep Bryan Steil called Governor Evers who took a day deciding whether bringing in the guard would help. Of course it did. Kenosha is quiet. People still protest but rioters stay away.
    Mayor Buttigieg should understand but that scores no political points

  • Frank Remski

    08/28/2020 09:00 PM

    Pro Sports lost me when they started making more in one game than I made in a year. And I did not have a laborer level career. Now I have even less incentive to support pro sports.
    I think that sports nuts will be excited to know that there are better games up through High School. College is where the elitist attitude starts hurting the game.
    Come to think of it, how much do they think they can get playing games under a socialist system? Are there even any teams and leagues in Russia, Cuba, or China? I am only aware of the individuals that are pushed through the Olympics.

  • Lee swann

    08/28/2020 11:46 AM

    I watched most of DJT acceptance speech last night. I watched it on FOX, as my local news did not carry all of it; and I do not trust local news. After the speech, Bret Baier said he was "disappointed"
    in POTUS speech; Juan Williams (whom I detest) also had nothing but snide remarks. Most of the rest of FOX reporters said they too were unhappy with Trumps speech; many different takes on his lack of substance. I realize, I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I was very impressed with the speech; he told us where he comes from (as did daughter Ivanka), his promises made/promises kept from 2016. He outlined where we can be with 4 more tear of his leadership. I, personally, do NOT like his over use of "tweets" and sometimes his abrasive use of it. But he calls it like he sees it, and states what he thinks is wrong, and how it can be fixed. I supported him in 2016 and will do so again in 2020. Thank YOU for your daily updates/emails. I share them with ALL my friends GOP and misguided. God Bless You, TBN, Donald Trump and the United States of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Agnes Salisbury

    08/28/2020 11:20 AM

    Why can't we share your newsletter on FB. There used to be a drop down we could click on to do that. Why is it gone??

  • JULIANNE THORNE

    08/28/2020 11:10 AM

    Maybe the NBA will find out just how unnecessary they are. While I do enjoy sports, it is an escape from real life and all this other political craziness. I do not need multi-million dollar sports players giving me their political opinions. Just play your game. Period.

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    08/28/2020 10:37 AM

    I think perhaps voting for Joe Biden would be like picking up a gallon of milk in the grocery store with a next day expiration date. 47 years ago he may have been all of the nice things that people have said about him but unfortunately, this very wealthy statesman has been corrupted by politics.

  • WILLIAM BEVINGTON

    08/28/2020 09:43 AM

    Two points this morning. One, it never ceases to amaze me that the democrats continue to blame the Trump administration for the riots (peaceful protest) in the democrat run major cities. WOW!
    Second, it is really hard for me to feel to sorry for these professional athletes making millions of dollars per year. Do they really think they are helping the black cause? Herchel Walker is my hero!

  • Jean Lindsey

    08/28/2020 09:02 AM

    I watched one night of the Republican convention from a PBS recording. They showed clips of the speakers and the their "panel" picked the speaker and his/her points to pieces. They did this for every inspirational speaker. I thought PBS was a neutral, government funded broadcast. I am SO wrong. They are Democrats activists! If they are getting government financial support, shouldn't they at least be pretending to be neutral?

  • Jerry Korba

    08/28/2020 08:32 AM

    I am guilty of thinking Maxine Watters is just a radical nut job she is capable of getting low IQ people to harass bully and and make life for decent people, miserable. Misery loves company Watters has been bale to create that and what an asset she is for the DNC and its membership. I congratulate her in making a fortune using Anti American values to self reward herself she doesn't have to worry about socialism she has been able to insulate herself from its effects. Well done Maxie you have done your share in tearing the Country apart. Your district members are proud of you as you have done such a good job for them. The district really deserves you.

  • Gail Thomas

    08/28/2020 08:24 AM

    Great article on the morphing of the Republican Party! A long needed evolution.

  • Joyce Birch

    08/28/2020 08:08 AM

    At this point, I don't give a second thought to all the sports that are boycotting for Jacob Blake. They're getting paid lots of money & so why don't they boycott abortions? Everyday a baby is murdered. These are innocent lives & unknown of the dark world we're leaving in & we're all praying for a peaceful America.
    An observation: all these people killed/shot by police, resisted arrest. I think this is another plan to get rid of the police. And they all had arrest records or warrants.

  • Jerry korba

    08/28/2020 06:58 AM

    DNC members think violence is the answer to a peaceful society if one supports this brand that includes destruction of property physically beaten people theft and murder lawlessness Abortion how can one embrace dnc members that support DNC’s agenda it makes them a part of the crime Dnc leaders stay in their office and just let it all happen i it is time for police to tell the dnc to pound sand and stop the crime

  • Renee Kendrick

    08/28/2020 01:58 AM

    Here's a thought on solving the nation's division. Move all radical-left DIMOCRATS to the west coast (literally, the far left of this nation) and move all of the Republicans from there (what remains of them). Let them have the illegal immigrants, too. Then vote to remove California, Oregon, and Washington (COW) from the USA. Let the DIMS have their own country! Let them fight among themselves over who will be in control! Oh yeah, be sure to build a border wall along the eastern borders of COW Country and ban them from traveling to the remaining states, even with a passport. That way the rest of us can be the good old USA because we would not have to put up with their bull!

    The DIMS' are at night-light brightness at this point and are only one flip of the switch away from utter darkness. Oh, how much the devil is being reflected in their lives! SCARY!

  • Amelia Little

    08/28/2020 01:06 AM

    I don't follow sports, but earlier today I had read that the NBA was going to boycott the season (and, I don't know if it was a true statement, or a joke.) I was thinking--no tickets sales, no tv airings (advertisement $$$) --just WHO would be paying the salaries I am sure the important (in their own minds) players would demand to continue? Then, just a bit ago, I read ooopsss-evidently someone with some economic (and common) sense said--no play--no pay, so they changed their minds!!

    I'm betting msm isn't reminding their viewer that, any time the President mentioned something needed to be done about the destruction of cities, there were screams and cries and "he doesn't have the authority!!!!" to do anything. Now, seems they are blaming him for not stepping in and saving their cities (while there are still those who maintain it's all peaceful, you know. They have the RIGHT to protest--even if it means ruining the businesses and lives of many, many black people. Because this is all about police killing black people--and two that are mentioned were not exactly choirboys walking home from choir practice.

    Thanks for your newsletter. I always feel better and more hopeful after getting your dose of common sense and humor!!!

  • Kenneth Nicholson

    08/27/2020 10:27 PM

    I don't know the percentage of mail in ballots that get rejected, but it is no small number. So, if Democrats want all votes to count, they should insist on no mail in ballots because they don't all get counted.

  • Madeleine Black

    08/27/2020 10:21 PM

    I voted for you Mr Huckabee when you ran for President. I believe you had the right credentials. Thanks for proving me right when you support President Trump and not sobbing you lost and blaming everyone.

  • Douglas Noel

    08/27/2020 09:05 PM

    I haven't reviewed all of the news reports but all of those that I have read have always referred to the mother of Jacob Blake as "Blake's mother". Although this may be accurate, given the response that she made I think it is disrespectful not to use her name. She is Julia Blake, Jacob Blake's mother, and her rational rather than emotional response indicated above shows that she deserves respect and commendation for her response and not screaming irrationally like many do or appear to do as reported by the media. My guess is that she is a fine Christian woman and quite respectful herself.

  • Ellen Klapperich

    08/27/2020 08:57 PM

    The mere fact that the Democratic party did not have a single American flag on display during the DNC tells me all I need to know. And then to leave God out of the pledge smh. Had to laugh at my Governor, Big Red Gretch try to convey that the RNC was the dark and divisive ones. Literally wide eyed like she was trying to hypnotize us into believing her crap!!

  • Remedios Cruz

    08/27/2020 08:20 PM

    Why can’t people understand all lives matter!!!! Their goal has gone wild and they yup for the Destruction of America

  • A. Clifton Lingo

    08/27/2020 08:15 PM

    I thank God that all my life I have never succumbed to sports idolatry.

  • Kathy Spradlin

    08/27/2020 07:42 PM

    Thank you for the truth. There is no other source available anymore to tell the true stories. I pray for this country that I love so much and for what my grandchildren will have to grow up in , if we are still here.
    I was so looking forward to baseball coming back , but they also started the blm garbage. Done with all the whiny multi-millionaires basketball and the nfl can go bankrupt as far as I'm concerned. I wish people would boycott all sports when they come back and play. GoTrump!!!!!

  • James Drury Jr

    08/27/2020 07:41 PM

    Thanks Mike & Staff. Maybe LeBron James should defunded?